Art in Context: What’s To See In This 17th-Century Family Portrait?

Who was Everhard Jabach? He’s such an obscure figure today that he doesn’t even warrant a Wikipedia entry — but he must have been “Somebody,” to have been the subject of this out-sized painting by Charles LeBrun, court painter to King Louis XIV.

Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family, c. 1660, painted by Charles LeBrun. Oil on canvas, 110 in. × 129 in. (280 × 328 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family, detail, c. 1660, painted by Charles LeBrun
Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family, detail, c. 1660, painted by Charles LeBrun

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